Sisters spread happiness while brothers breed distress, experts believe.

Researchers quizzed 571 people aged 17 to 25 about their lives and found those who grew up with sisters were more likely to be happy and balanced.

The University of Ulster said having daughters made a family more open and willing to discuss feelings.

They said the influence of girls was particularly important after distressing family events such as marital break-ups.

During the study, participants filled in psychological questionnaires which researchers used to assess a range of issues, including whether they had a positive outlook and any mental health problems.

Lead researcher Professor Tony Cassidy said: "Sisters appear to encourage more open communication and cohesion in families. However, brothers seemed to have the alternative effect. Emotional expression is fundamental to good psychological health and having sisters promotes this in families."

He said many of the participants had been brought up in families where parents had split and the impact of sisters was even more marked in these circumstances.

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4 Responses
  1. Dee Says:

    This is an interesting study. I grew up with a sister close to my age and I don't know if I'm more balanced now because of that but I do agree that sisters make one happy because I am happy that I have one. :D

  2. Sera Melinda Says:

    Hm, then you're lucky for having a sister. I don't have one, because i'm the only child :(

  3. Maverick Says:

    Well im surrounded by sisters..
    For 1st i have 2 elder sisters...then comes the relative part.....4m mom side....her sisters and Bro have Girls.. so adds up to...many sisters(cousin) but i prefer to call them sister younger one...Well i have been the most naughty....irritating...kind friendly brother they got...
    I agree havin a girl in a house will be a good atmosphere..
    But they shouldnt say then no require a brother they....
    If a Sister is there..all thats need right for this world Sera...No bros...then...kill all of them....Lets see who will b happier...Never b a judge whats right & wrong...thats what i wil say..
    As i know what part i playd in my 2 elder sisters lives well u can ask thm if u want..
    This topic..:( me...Sera..

  4. Sera Melinda Says:

    hey, u should b thankful and feel lucky for having sisters :)

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